- THE WORK --
Title: Time Slaves
Technique: SPRAY PAINTING AND STENCILS
YEAR CREATED: 2019
Location: Rue de la Banque 7 and 13
Surface area: 470 m2
According to his own mythology, the ordeal of the two giants, like industrial divers through time and space, is akin to that of Sisyphus whose punishment for daring to defy the gods was being forced to roll a boulder up a hill, only for it to escape and roll back down to where it started every time he neared the top, in an eternal loop. Also immortal, the two anthropomorphic entities that M-City has called the “slaves of time” never rest. Using all their strength, they attempt in vain to change the course of time: a fruitless, never-ending endeavour.
M-City’s graphic style, which is both restrained and complex, is graphically powerful. “The red and fiery orange around the giants are a throwback to atmospheres brimming with sweat. Large drops of perspiration streaming off workers at the bottom of mines or in forges with material flowing out of the furnace at high temperatures. These hot tones are also reminiscent of the flames of hell,” says the artist. The jumble of mechanisms symbolises man’s obsession with the physical measurement of time and associated predictions. “In this sweatshop, you can almost hear the grinding of the gears. Here, people are no longer made solely of flesh and blood. In spite of themselves, they end up being part of this huge machine of time, unchanging in its rhythm, restrictive and dictatorial. No one can escape time. Not even these Cyclopes,” asserts M-City. “I’ve used these gigantic proportions to reinforce the sense of smallness and impotence sometimes felt by passers-by at the foot of a wall or when they face an impossible situation.”
Out of interest, what does the artist think of watches? “I don’t wear one. I barely know what day it is.” And when he’s asked about his relationship with time, he says “(…) I’m aware that I’m lucky to do a job where things are pretty relaxed. » (The implication being that it’s more relaxed » than other kinds of work.)
Rue de la Banque 7 and 13
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